Our scrambling courses in Eryri (Snowdonia) give you the ideal opportunity to explore the more rugged and dramatic routes up mountains. They will also expand your repertoire of skills and give you the ability to undertake your own scrambling days out.
In the UK, we give scrambles one of three grades – Grade 1, 2 or 3. All of these grades imply a level of difficulty that is harder than simply walking. However, scrambles are generally not hard enough nor continuous enough to merit a rock climbing grade. There is something of a crossover at the top end. Some Grade 3 scrambles are one and the same as a rock climb that is graded Moderate or Difficult. These are two of the easiest rock climbing grades. However, while scrambles may not be technically difficult, they are usually in positions of great seriousness. In these circumstances a slip can be fatal.
As such, what we call scrambling is potentially one of the most dangerous forms of mountaineering. On the other hand, it is also one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. Moving quickly with only light equipment, a scrambler can cover much greater distances than a party of rock climbers. They get to enjoy the rapidly changing views as they gain height. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the mountains.
We offer a whole range of scrambling courses and guided scrambles in Eryri (Snowdonia). These range from courses for the complete novice to those wanting to learn rope work skills for scrambling in the UK to mountaineering in the Alps.
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We also run scrambling courses in the Lake District and on the west coast of Scotland.
Beginners’ Scrambling Courses in Eryri (Snowdonia)
Our beginners’ scrambling courses in Eryri (Snowdonia) will most likely take place on one of north Wales’ brilliant Grade 1 scrambles. Most people find that mountaineering equipment such as ropes are not necessary on these routes. This is particularly true of a narrow ridge. So we don’t usually expect to teach you rope work on a course like this. The emphasis is much more on confident but controlled movement, with good technique and balance. However, a good eye for spotting the best route and good judgement about conditions are both essential. In the future, you will need to decide if the route you are on is suitable for your group in the prevailing conditions. For example, how strong a wind would make it unsafe to do a route like this? Routes that we typically use are the North Ridge of Tryfan and Bristly Ridge, and the Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) Horseshoe, which includes the Crib Goch Ridge.
Advanced Scrambling Courses in Eryri (Snowdonia)
On our advanced scrambling courses, the aim is likely to be twofold. We will give you experience of moving on harder scrambling terrain, such as Grade 3 scrambles. You will begin to appreciate the additional exposure on these routes and feel just how much more serious they are compared to Grade 1s. We will also be introducing you to some of the rope work used to safeguard scrambles, so that your level of knowledge increases too. On courses like this, you may find yourself on the Cneifion Arete, the Clogwyn y Person Arete or the Dolmen Ridge; or perhaps some of the steeper scrambles on Tryfan, on its East and West faces.
Learn to Lead Scrambling Courses in Eryri (Snowdonia)
In comparison with a Grade 1 scramble, a Grade 3 scramble is one on which many people would almost certainly prefer to have some protection. This would include a helmet and a harness and the use of a rope and climbing equipment – along with the knowledge of how to use them.
That is the purpose of our learn to lead scrambling courses in Eryri (Snowdonia). We will teach you a variety alpine mountaineering techniques which can be use to protect Grade 3 scrambles without slowing down your progress too much.